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Posted at 5:30 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Overturned tractor-trailer closes I-66W

By Washington Post Editor

10 a.m. update: Police hope to have to roadway cleared by 10:30.

The Virginia State Police have charged Oscar R. Albarracin, 34, of New York, of reckless driving regarding the tractor trailer accident on I-66 West early Wednesday morning. Albarracin and a male passenger were both wearing seatbelts during the accident; the male passenger was not injured, while Albarracin was transported to Ffx Inova Hospital for treatment.

Speed was a factor in causing the accident, according to the state police. Roughly half the trash being hauled in the truck spilled onto the roadway, but none of it was considered hazardous material. The accident caused huge backups as most of I-66 West was blocked during the morning commute.

--Mark Berman

6 a.m. update:
One lane of I-66 westbound is now open.

Original post, 5:30 a.m.:
An overturned tractor-trailer is blocking all lanes of I-66 westbound, just west of the Capital Beltway, authorities said. Drivers cannot exit from the outer loop of the Beltway onto I-66 westbound, and drivers traveling west on I-66 from Falls Church must get off I-66 and use the Beltway instead.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said the closures are expected to last until about 9 a.m.

By Washington Post Editor  | February 9, 2011; 5:30 AM ET
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Commuting, Congestion, Driving, Highways, Northern Virginia  
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